Nurse Educator Eligibility and Prerequisite Requirements
To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:
A completed bachelor's or graduate degree from an institution that is accredited by one of the regional accrediting organizations (e.g. Higher Learning Commission).
The baccalaureate nursing program (i.e., initial major or upper-division, post-baccalaureate second major) or comparable master's-level program in which the nursing degree is awarded must be accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Grade Point Average
A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) or higher on a 4.0 scale, and a grade of not less than 'B-' in every nursing course. Applicants who do not meet these requirements should provide an explanatory statement as part of the personal statement with rationale for an exception to the requirement.
If you are unsure of your cumulative GPA, please use these instructions as a guide to help you determine if an explanatory statement is necessary.
A current unencumbered nursing license.
Specific prerequisite courses are required for the Nurse Educator (MSN) program; review the next section for details.
The following course must be completed with a grade of C or higher within five years of starting the Nurse Educator option:
Statistics (3-4 semester credits)
Course must be inclusive of descriptive and inferential statistics.
St. Kate's equivalent: PSYC 1090/2050, STATS 1090, ECON 1090/2250, HLTH 1090
Use the online Transfer Evaluation System (TES) resource to determine if a specific course you have taken (or plan to take) will fulfill a Nursing: Nurse Educator prerequisite requirement. All St. Catherine course equivalencies listed in TES are fully verified by our Registrar’s Office.
How to Use TES
- Make note of the St. Catherine department abbreviation (BIOL, CHEM, MATH, etc.) and course numbers in the Nursing: Nurse Educator prerequisite list.
- Connect to TES
- Identify the institution from which you have completed courses (or plan to complete courses). You may search for institutions using the “Find Transfer College by Name” search box, or use the alphabetical index provided.
- Enter the course code for one of our Nursing: Nurse Educator prerequisites (e.g., PSYC 1090). Select “Home Course” and click on Search. This will identify any courses from the institution that are equivalent to the St. Catherine prerequisite course. You could also enter the code for the other institution’s course, and select “Transfer Course” and Search. This will identify any St. Catherine courses that might be equivalent to the other institution’s course. Be sure to review any notes with additional information for a given course.
If you have searched via TES and can’t find a specific school or course listing, contact your admission counselor for assistance. Please include the institution, course name and number, semester of completion, and course description in your email.
How do I apply?
Please read the application instructions below before completing the online application at the bottom of this page.
The Nurse Educator application priority deadline is July 1 for fall enrollment and December 1 for spring enrollment. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space available basis.
We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.
Prepare a personal statement that addresses the following topics in separate essays. Do not exceed one typed, double-spaced page for each topic.
Why do you feel the Nurse Educator concentration at St. Catherine University is a good fit for you and your career aspirations?
Describe a situation when you/your team had a significant impact on a patient or a group of patients using education as the primary tool. How have you been transformed by that experience?
In your opinion, what are the most pressing health care concerns that impact nurse educators and their students today?
As a nurse educator, what will you do to help reduce health disparities?
Describe any previous teaching experience you may have had (precepting new graduates, doing patient education, conducting continuing education, teaching classes, etc.)
Please include an explanation of factors that affected previous academic performance, as well as your plan to ensure academic success in a graduate program.
If you have already submitted the MSN application form, you may upload your personal statement via your Application Status page (instructions for accessing the status page were provided at the time you submitted the application). Please include your full name at the top of the statement.
If you wish to submit the personal statement prior to the application, or if you are unable to upload the document to your Application Status page, you may send the statement as an attachment via email to email@example.com with “MSN Personal Statement” in the subject line.
Submit a current résumé highlighting professional and volunteer experiences.
If you have already submitted the MSN application form, you may upload your résumé via your Application Status page (instructions for accessing the status page were provided at the time you submitted the application).
If you wish to submit the résumé prior to the application, or if you are unable to upload the document to your Application Status page, you may send the résumé as an attachment via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “MSN Résumé” in the subject line.
Two recommendations are required for MSN applicants.
At least one recommendation should be from a current supervisor; the other recommendation may be from a professor or other employer. Personal references are not acceptable.
A link to the recommendation form will be sent when the Recommendations section of the application form has been completed. Please alert your references in advance to expect an email from St. Catherine University. These are confidential recommendations submitted directly from the references to the Office of Graduate Admission; applicants who wish to view the recommendations are responsible for making the appropriate arrangements with their references.
Transcripts are required from each post-secondary institution attended (including PSEO coursework), even if courses are recorded on another transcript and regardless of the number of credits earned. For the initial review of your application, we will accept official transcripts sent directly from the institution or scanned copies of official or unofficial transcripts. All documents must be up-to-date and include your name, institution name, all courses taken with grades and degrees received (if applicable). Screenshots from your institution’s website or degree evaluations from your student portal will not be accepted. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded using your applicant status page (a link is sent once you’ve started an application) or sent as an attachment to email@example.com.
Upon an offer of acceptance, applicants are required to submit official transcripts from any institution where prerequisite course(s) were completed, as well as baccalaureate and graduate (if applicable) degree granting institutions, before registration for courses is allowed. Paper transcripts must be mailed in a sealed envelope directly from the registrar of each institution to the Office of Graduate Admission at St. Catherine University. Transcripts that do not meet these criteria will be considered unofficial and will not be used to complete the applicant’s file. Electronic transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to St. Catherine (firstname.lastname@example.org); electronic transcripts forwarded by the applicant will not be accepted.
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the iBT, or the International English Language Testing System(IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5. This requirement is waived for students who have completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree in the United States.
Applicants with a college or university degree completed outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation from World Education Services (WES). All costs related to document evaluation are the applicant’s responsibility.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that her or his application is completed by the deadline. Fulfillment of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. No credentials will be returned to the applicant.
International Application Instructions
The following information pertains to applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Please review the information below regarding other application materials that may be required for international applicants.
Earlier deadlines may apply for international applicants to ensure that all immigration requirements can be met in time for you to enroll in the desired term. Contact your admission counselor with questions.
International Student Forms
International applicants for graduate study must complete the International Information section of the application form.
Some international applicants may be required to submit additional documentation, such as a credential evaluation, language test scores, etc. Please review the application instructions for your graduate program for more information.
Please review your graduate program application instructions for submitting educational documentation and test scores. The Admission Committee will not review your application until we have received all required documents.
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